A Twist of Faith - A Wager of Love

"Will a wager against her future steal her chance for true love?" (cover)

Title:  Twist in Faith
Series: Mitchell's Crossroads, Book 1
Author: Pepper D. Basham
Publisher:  Firefly Southern Fiction
Release Date:  April 6, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance


Love does not have an accent ... 

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position. 

For one, Adelina didn't plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she'd tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past. 

But when Reese discovers that he's a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives? 



Like the saying goes, "don't judge a book by it's cover", don't judge someone by their accents.

What is it about the description of a cowboy, especially one with a twang that leaves the deepest impression on you? Even as a reader...O, did I lose you? Try this, early on from Pepper D. Basham's "Twist of Faith":

"He stood framed by the doorway.  Every piece of his six-foot-two frame blared flawless. From his dusty-blond hair sculpted to Michelangelo-like perfection and his Grecian nose, down to the pristine lines of his navy suit." (3)

Oops! That's Dr. Murdoch, not the "cowboy" in question. (Still...we'll get back to him.) Here' our cowboy,

"A rugged looking man stood framed by the doorway, muscular arms tan against a pale blue shirt half-hidden underneath dark overalls. His jaw line was shaded by a five o'clock, no, more like ten o'clock shadow.  Midnight hair tossed in a disarray of curls topped his head and spilled over his forehead, enhancing a pair of chocolate-brown eyes.  The nervous movement of the cap in his hands came in direct contrast to the strength and confidence in his size..." (8)

Now, if this is your first encounter with Pepper's writing, what can you deduce from the above snippets? Well, I can tell you Pepper sure have a way with words, and there's two handsome boys in this book. Next, you can't wait to get started.  Ever since the first two books of Pepper's Penned in Time series, I am hooked. Hooked on her books and her steamy (in a Christian/clean sense) writing.  I took my sweet time with Twist of Faith, knowing that if I start this, I will need to finish it in one sitting. So when I finally have a couple of hours dedicated to reading, I jumped on it. And boy, was I in for a sinker. How could you not with scenes like this?
" 'Want me to light your fire tonight?'... 
'Excuse me?'
When Reese replayed the question in his mind, he was pretty sure he'd already started the fire - on his face. 'I mean, do you want me to heat things up in here for you.'   
Her eyes great wider. His face got hotter. 
'Let me fix you up a fire.' He pointed to the fireplace just to rule out any doubt. 'Right here. In the fireplace.' 
...She laughed harder...She snorted a reply in a cute-unladylike-kind of way and then leaned forward, bracing her shaking body with a hand to her waist." (68-69)

I'm pretty sure I displayed my "unladylike" snort too, as I was reading this. Dee and Reese's easy and oftentimes smile-worthy banters will draw you in, and before you know it, you're too deep in to let go.  All jokes aside, Pepper has a way of writing flawed characters that you can't help but relate to, and sometimes dislike at first.  Dee's career-oriented goals and distraught upbringing have her dismissing God and His role in her life, while keeping her true nature deep within. Will she fully understand the meaning of home? Reese's past of betrayal by those closest to him had him doubting true love and its sincerity as it stares him in the face. Will a wager made in the heat of the moment obliterate the budding seed of love and healing between the two?

We have the emotional journey of the main characters, but the other characters, Rainey, Dr. Murdock, Emma, Lou, Brandon and Mama Mitchell all creates the backstory, motivating and illuminating our main characters, and usually enlightening in many ways. Rainey's backstory already have me on the edge of my seat, wanting and waiting to read her story, and maybe one of the scenes in Twist of Faith is foreshadowing what's to come with a certain PhD?

The romance highlights Twist of Faith, the characters round out the book in supportive and amazing roles, but it's the message of God's love, humility, forgiveness and grace that truly makes this book noteworthy.  Sometimes, your dreams may not be as planned, but it's not too far off to what your heart truly seeks.  And as a last question to the author, I need to ask, "O Pepper, how fast can you write the next one?"

NOTE:  I won a digital copy of this book in a giveaway. A review was NOT required.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, with the second arriving in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuts in spring 2016.

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  1. Happy Friday, Annie! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  2. Thank you, ANNIE!!! I'm so glad you loved Dee and Reese - and super thankful you enjoy my writing! They were such a fun couple to write, but oh my....you were right to anticpate Rainey's own story ;-)

  3. I LOVED that part--the "light my fire" part and snort-laughed too. =D SUCH an amazing read.

  4. Thanks Pepper! O, Rainey was such a breath of sunshine with her outlook despite what happened. Can't wait for her story to be told!

  5. Meghan, I know! Right?! "Light your fire..." LOL!

  6. Haha - the quote about taking care of 2 children for 2 hours reminds me of an experience I JUST had a few weeks ago. I was babysitting 3 kids for 2 hours (and I don't have children) and all I could think is "I'm an adult, I should be able to do this, right???" Hehe! Love this and love Pepper!

  7. Lol Emilie! That is funny. You know, whenever I had to babysit my niece & nephew, I'd say that and them realize...what was I thinking!! The amount of energy they have?! Lol

  8. i *heart* this book so much - and your review! :)

  9. Love your review and pretty pictures, Annie! I am REALLY looking forward to reading this book!!! I love accents too, how fun!

  10. Thanks Beth! The memes are from Pepper herself. Grabbed it off of her FB page...hehe


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